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Journalist and former World Bank economist awarded LSE Honorary Degrees

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has awarded two Honorary Degrees this year.

Professor Justin Yifu Lin, former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, received his on Tuesday 18 December, with journalist Nick Davies being awarded his on Wednesday 19 December.

The award of an Honorary Doctorate is one of the most prestigious awards that the School can bestow. The LSE Council may confer an Honorary Doctorate on ‘persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the increased understanding, or appreciation of "the causes of things" and their practical application in the social sciences or related fields.’

  • Justin LinJustin Yifu Lin (pictured) is professor and honorary dean at the National School of Development at Peking University. He was the senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank from 2008-2012. In this position, Professor Lin guided the Bank’s intellectual leadership and played a key role in shaping the economic research agenda of the institution. Prior to this, he served for 15 years as founding director and professor of the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University and is the author of 23 books including The Quest for Prosperity: how developing economies can take off, New Structural Economics: a framework for rethinking development and policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, Benti and Changwu: dialogues on methodology in economics, and Economic Development and Transition: thought, strategy, and viability. He is a deputy of China’s People’s Congress and vice chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He has served on several national and international committees, leading groups, and councils on development policy, technology, and environment. He is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.
  • Nick DaviesNick Davies (pictured) has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues. He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He also makes TV documentaries; he was formerly an on-screen reporter for World In Action. His four books include White Lies (about a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas) and Dark Heart (about poverty in Britain). He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn Award for investigative reporting for his work on failing schools and won the award for European Journalism for his work on drugs policy. His most recent book is Flat Earth News, exposing the scale and origin of falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the news media. In the last two years, he was centrally involved in publishing secret material obtained by Wikileaks and he has written more than 90 stories exposing the phone-hacking scandal at News International.

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2012